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P.S. 40 George W. Carver

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
265 Ralph Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11233
Phone: 718-574-2353

Our Insights

What’s Special

Rising enrollment and test scores

The Downside

High rates of chronic absenteeism

PS 40 in Bedford Stuyvesant offers lots of clubs and activities to keep kids engaged, including chess, swimming lessons, music and art. It has large, sunny classrooms and a warm environment.  

While many of the schools in the neighborhood are suffering from declining enrollment and poor academic performance, PS 40 has seen its enrollment and test scores rise in recent years. Principal Louise Antoine, who was a math administrator in high-performing District 26 in Queens, is popular with children and staff. Born in the West Indies, she attended Brooklyn public schools, including Philippa Schuyler Middle School, Brooklyn Tech, and Brooklyn College.

PS 40 offers classes for 3 year olds, called “3-K,” and a dual language program, starting in Pre-K, designed to teach children Spanish and English. Some children learn geography and phrases in Mandarin through a live Internet connection to a teacher in Beijing.

Antoine has encouraged teachers to adopt an eclectic approach to teaching reading and math. Rather than relying on one set of textbooks, teachers draw from various programs according to what works best for each student. Fourth and 5th graders have specialized teachers for math and reading, rather than one teacher for all academic subjects, as is common in elementary school.

The majority of the pupils are African American, but some are newcomers from Mexico, Honduras, Puerto Rico and Yemen.  

The school has high rates of chronic absenteeism. Some children live in homeless shelters far from the school, making it difficult to get to school on time, but Antoine says attendance is also a challenge for some children who live close by. To address this, each child who is frequently absent is assigned a “mentor” (an aide, the parent coordinator, or an attendance teacher) who will check in frequently to better understand what’s causing the problem and what solutions might be. In addition the school is organizing a “walking school bus”—adults walking through the neighborhood to pick children up.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: PS 40 offers two “self-contained” classes, one for grades K-2, the other for grades 3-5, for special needs children.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. Tours arranged by request. (Clara Hemphill, October 2019)



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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
84% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
53% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
50% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2019-2020

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems
Activities: Children explore art, music, sand/water, dramatic play and more
Language: Teachers talk and listen to kids in a supportive way
Interaction: Teachers ask kids good questions and invite back-and-forth conversation

Who does this school serve?

From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners
Pre-K seats
3-K seats

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
40% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
30% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
21% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
12% Citywide Average

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Contact & Location


Bedford-Stuyvesant (District 16)
Trains: J Line to Halsey St; C Line to Ralph Ave; A Line to Utica Ave
Buses: B25, B26, B46, B47, B65, B7


Louise Antoine
Parent Coordinator
Madeline Dimaren

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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